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Very simply being a Christian means believing and trusting that Jesus is your Lord and your Saviour
What does it mean to “believe and trust in Jesus as Lord and Saviour”?
To treat Jesus as our “Lord” means that we recognise that God is the most important person there is, and that we must do all we can to live putting Him first in how we think, speak and act.
To treat Jesus as “Saviour” means that we trust that Jesus’ death on the cross is the only way we can be forgiven for the many times we live ignoring God, and putting ourselves first.
The bible tells us that when God created the world everything was perfect, and mankind lived recognising that God was the most important person there is. However the first humans, and everyone who has ever lived since, turned their back on God by ignoring Him, and decided to live life treating themselves as the most important person there is. This is what the bible calls “sin.”
As God is a fair God He reminds us in the bible that it is really serious to do this, as will hold people to account for their rebellion against Him at the end of their life, because it is only right for people who treat Him in this way to be punished. That’s the bad news.
The good news is that this is not the end of the story! Because God the Father send His Son, Jesus, to come and live on earth in the form of a man. When Jesus was on earth He lived in perfect obedience to the Father, and so is the only person to have every lived who didn’t deserve God’s punishment. But the incredible news we particularly remember each Easter is that Jesus was put to death on the cross, and in doing so suffered the punishment we deserved on our behalf.
The bible tells us that if we admit we ignore God and trust that Jesus’ death is the only way we can be forgiven for our sin we will be forgiven and so won’t be punished as we deserve to be when our life on earth comes to an end. To show that we understand it is wrong to live ignoring God, and to show our thanks for this free gift and forgiveness, it is only right that we treat Jesus as the Lord of our life, by putting Him first.
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